Not ibiblio on Frontline. Our old buddy, Doug Rushkoff is on Frontline or was doing “The Merchants of Cool” and “The Persuaders.” Not us. We can persuade anyone of very much.
But — watch this space for more — ibiblio is working on something interesting with Frontline. Only at the testing stages now, but you’ll hear first here.
Warren Beatty, Jon Corzine, Walter Cronkite, Larry David, Nora Ephron, James Fallows, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Hart, Vernon Jordan, Diane Keaton, Norman Mailer, David Mamet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Arthur Schlesinger, and Mort Zuckerman.
MacExpert Andy Ihnatko sends a link for downloading the audiobook that he created according to the rules for 24 Hour Comics Day. “Jeeves and the Object Class” is slightly less than 1 hour and 30 minute story conceived, written, and performed in bad British accent by Andy in just over 24 hours. The noise in the background is P. G. Wodehouse spinning in his grave. That said the story is pretty good and has as a major character a librarian from North Carolina. Not like too many that I immediately recognize, but very believable — except for the accent.
If the abstract doesn’t quite make sense to you, some context is that a “crossbar” is a very small circuit structure we can fabricate where one set of parallel wires crosses another set of parallel wires. A bit can be stored at each junction, so that the crossbar can act as an extremely high-density memory. Our group at HP has made wires as narrow as 6 atoms wide (2 nanometers wide). A problem we have with stuff this small is that there are sure to be defects in what we fabricate, and the paper is about a defect-tolerance technique — a way to make the crossbars such that they will work in spite of having a lot of defects present. The “demultiplexer” the paper talks about is a kind of digital circuit needed to select individual bits in the memory being accessed.
WIPO has tailored its 2005 World Intellectual Property Day message and publicity material towards young people. The over-arching objectives are:
To encourage young people to recognize their own ability to create;
To increase understanding of how protecting IP rights helps to foster creativity and innovation;
To raise awareness of the importance in daily life of patents, copyright, trademarks and designs
On the other hand,
CopyNight is a monthly social gathering of people interested in restoring balance in copyright law. We meet over drinks once a month in many cities to discuss new developments and build social ties between artists, engineers, filmmakers, academics, lawyers, and many others.
Miles at tinyapps.org has found and put together a few sources for the missing ABC News story on ranting laptop theft victim and Berkeley prof Jasper Rine. Miles also notices that the original video has been edited at Berkeley to remove Rine’s rant — so much of archives as history. But luckily there are copies around the Net [torrent of QT format] in case you are wondering what we’ve been talking about.
What a delight to hear very local radio, Carrboro’s low power community radio WCOM, broadcasting live from a very local event and sounding very good and professional enough to enjoy. We’ve been listening to music live from the Shakori Hills Festival and it’s clear and well mixed. A great milestone for our local community radio which just came on the air this fall.